Monday, June 1, 2020

Royal Bully (Mafia Royals #0.5) - Review

Royal Bully (Mafia Royals #0.5)

By: Rachel Van Dyken

Published: March 31, 2020

91 pages

Genre: New Adult, Romance, Mafia, Novella

Source: Freebie, personal Kindle Library

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Summary:
Something dark this way comes.
He's gorgeous, mean, and mine.
He catches me dreaming about him, and then just like my dream, he decides to make me his.
I should have said no when he asked me to swear fealty to him.
The knife clued me in first.
The blood second.
And third, it was the blessing of the most famous mafia bosses in the known world as they sat around the dinner table and told me that I had no choice but to join.
Because they knew my secrets.
And running meant I was nothing more than target practice.
I said yes because of my bully.
And he told me he'd keep me safe.
But who keeps me safe from him?

The prequel to the much anticipated Mafia Royals series.
MY REVIEW:
It's no secret that I LOVE the Eagle Elite series by Rachel Van Dyken. They are one of my guilty pleasures sort of books. To see her come back to this world had me all kinds of giddy!

This is a new series, set in the Eagle Elite world, some 18-20 years later but is considered to be a standalone series, meaning you can read it without having read Eagle Elite. The cast of characters in this new Mafia Royals series are the children of those from the Eagle Elite series. They have now entered college and are about to take back control and dominance of Eagle Elite University, the college that the Italian Mafia control.

This novella tells a short snippet into the story line of Asher, the son of Chase and Luciana Abandonato. Asher was an assassin at twelve years old. Everyone in the Family has a role to play, and Asher has drawn the terrifying straw of executioner.

One thing to know about the mafia - when they set their sight on something or someone, they don't stop until they achieve the desired outcome. Claire is Asher's desired outcome.

This mafia family is brutal yes, but they are all beautiful and dangerous and devoted to one another. Blood in. No out.

Top Favorite Quotes:
"He said that when you find that person, the one who reaches into your soul and refuses to let go - that you make sure never to give them any reason to run."

He looked ready to attack, and I wasn't sure I was ready for more of him, because he was the type of guy that stole pieces of your heart before you consented to give them away.

...you tell yourself you'll fight, you'll scream. You tell yourself that you're different. And then the poison hits. And you realize, you're just like them.

Language: 2 (medium)
Mature Content: 2 (medium)
Final Rating: 4 stars

Thursday, May 28, 2020

2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge: May Wrap Up

Time for our Monthly Wrap Up for the 2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Neither Holly nor Sandy finished any series enders this month.

Which series enders did you finish? Link up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the April giveaway runs from May 25th - June 25th. On June 25th we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a winner.
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Sunday, April 26, 2020

2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge: April Wrap Up

Time for our Monthly Wrap Up for the 2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Neither Holly nor Sandy finished any series enders this month.

Which series enders did you finish? Link up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the April giveaway runs from April 25th - May 25th. On May 25th we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a winner.
You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
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Thursday, April 9, 2020

*ARC* One Small Thing - Review

One Small Thing

By: Erin Watt

Published: June 26, 2018 by Harlequin Teen

384 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Source: Netgalley ARC

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Summary:
Beth’s life hasn’t been the same since her sister died. Her parents try to lock her down, believing they can keep her safe by monitoring her every move. When Beth sneaks out to a party one night and meets the new guy in town, Chase, she’s thrilled to make a secret friend. It seems a small thing, just for her.

Only Beth doesn’t know how big her secret really is…

Fresh out of juvie and determined to start his life over, Chase has demons to face and much to atone for, including his part in the night Beth’s sister died. Beth, who has more reason than anyone to despise him, is willing to give him a second chance. A forbidden romance is the last thing either of them planned for senior year, but the more time they spend together, the deeper their feelings get.

Now Beth has a choice to make—follow the rules, or risk tearing everything apart…again.
MY REVIEW:
Co-written by Jen Fredrick and Elle Kennedy, this is a standalone story about a girl named Beth, who struggles to find her way after the death of her sister two years ago. Her overbearing, overprotective parents can't seem to move past the loss of one of their daughters and suffocate Beth in the name of protecting her. Beth's a senior in high school and can't wait to finally be away from the judgmental eyes of her parents, her friends and her classmates and basically the entire town.

She's always been obedient, gotten good grades, never getting into trouble. In her search for independence she decides to be a bit reckless for a change, first in sneaking out and going to a party in another town where she shouldn't know people. She wants to do things that her parents would never approve of just so that she can feel like she's making her own decisions about something. A chance meeting leads her to this attractive, somewhat older, mysterious guy at a party. He becomes her target of a wild night that she feels she deserves after constantly living in the shadow of her dead sister. A one night stand though becomes a much bigger surprise than what she had planned.

This is a wonderful story of forgiveness, of standing up for what's right, of communication in relationships, redemption, and my favorite, finding love where you least expect it. I thoroughly enjoyed another story by Erin Watt. I was even made teary eyed several times.

Favorite Quotes:
"No cage is forever, Beth. I tried to find one small thing that I could be grateful for each day."

..."you teach people how to treat you."

"You waiting for me is the one small thing that will keep me going."

Language Rating: 2 (medium)
Mature Content Rating: 2 (medium)
Final Rating: 4 stars

Thursday, March 26, 2020

*ARC* All the Little Lights - Review

All the Little Lights

By: Jamie McGuire

Published: May 29, 2018 by Montlake Romance

440 pages

Genre/Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Mental Illness,

Source: Netgalley ARC

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Summary:
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jamie McGuire comes a riveting tale of first love that starts young but runs deep.

The first time Elliott Youngblood spots Catherine Calhoun, he’s just a boy with a camera, and he’s never seen a sadder and more beautiful sight. Both Elliott and Catherine feel like outcasts, yet they find an easy friendship with each other. But when Catherine needs him most, Elliott is forced to leave town.

Elliott finally returns, but he and Catherine are now different people. He’s a star high school athlete, and she spends all her free time working at her mother’s mysterious bed-and-breakfast. Catherine hasn’t forgiven Elliott for abandoning her, but he’s determined to win back her friendship…and her heart.

Just when Catherine is ready to fully trust Elliott, he becomes the prime suspect in a local tragedy. Despite the town’s growing suspicions, Catherine clings to her love for Elliott. But a devastating secret that Catherine has buried could destroy whatever chance of happiness they have left.
MY REVIEW:
It's been a minute since I've read any books by Jamie McGuire. Being such a big fan of her Beautiful series, when I saw this ARC available it was a must read for me. As common to my preferences, I did not read any reviews and honestly don't remember reading the summary in Goodreads.

The story begins when the main characters are young teens. Catherine lives in a small town in Oklahoma with her mom and dad. They live in an old, what I pictured to be, antebellum style home that has been in her mom's family for generations. Her mom has a dream of turning it into a bed and breakfast but her dad, the more practical of the two, is staunchly against the idea.

Hot summers combined with little air conditioning leads Catherine outside more than inside. It's there outside where she meets an awkward but kind boy named Elliott. He is native american and they both find a common friendship as being sort of the outsiders in this small town. Elliott spends summers with his aunt and uncle and the summer of their freshman year of high school they grow loser together than ever. He loves photography and Catherine is his favorite muse.

As the story progresses, time passes after Elliott is forced to leave town. When he returns they are seniors in high school and life is very different for both of them. Catherine spends all of her free time helping her mom run the bed and breakfast, she's still an outcast but even more so now. Elliott is now the star quarterback of the football team. Some things never changed but yet many obstacles stand in their way.

What I thought was a young adult romance story turned into a mix of romance, mystery, and thriller themes. I was not expecting those aspects. I scare easily so a good bit of what occurs in the second half of the story had me slightly creeped out. I was left with several questions at the end which I can't discuss in my review due to the spoilerish nature.

Overall, this wasn't what I was expecting at all. It definitely kept my attention and it kept me guessing as to what was going on. The romantic story line between Catherine and Elliott is very sweet. Beware though, there's more going on than just a sweet love story.

Favorite Quotes:
"...people can only make us angry if we let them, and if we let them, we give them power."

"...you either get good at rising above and meeting ignorance with education, or you get really good at being bitter."

"Don't look at them. Look at me," he said, still extending his hand.

"Catherine, every time I'm close to you, I'm aware of every breath you take. When we're not, everything reminds me of you. I know because nothing else matters."

"Pain...love. Can't really have one without the other."

His words felt like a sunrise, a sunset, a beautiful dream, waking from a nightmare. It was every wonderful moment balled into one.

Language Rating: 2 (medium)
Mature Content Rating: 1 (light)
Final Rating: 4 stars

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge: March Wrap Up

Time for our Monthly Wrap Up for the 2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Sandy finished Hidden Knights (Knights of the Realm, # 3) by Jennifer Anne Davis. Holly hasn't finished any series enders this month.

Which series enders did you finish? Link up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the March giveaway runs from March 25th - April 25th. On April 25th we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a winner.
You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
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Thursday, February 27, 2020

2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge: February Wrap Up

Time for our Monthly Wrap Up for the 2020 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Neither Sandy nor Holly finished any series enders this month.

Which series enders did you finish? Link up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the February giveaway runs from February 25th - March 25th. On March 25th we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a winner.
You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
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